Make sure you tune in early, WWE fans.
In a strange turn of events, WWE has elected to showcase its originally scheduled No Mercy headliner between WWE World Champion AJ Styles, John Cena and Dean Ambrose as the first match of the pay-per-view broadcast.
WWE wrote in a statement online:
“For the first time in WWE pay-per-view history, the main event featuring a triple threat match for the WWE World Championship — WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena — will start the show live at 8 p.m. ET on WWE Network.”
While there was no specified reason, it’s possible WWE decided to bump the World Championship match early to compensate for a potential drop in viewership from Sunday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The televised debate airs at 9 p.m. ET. WWE had the misfortune of airing the Sept. 26 episode of Monday Night Raw opposite the first presidential debate, seeing a sizable dip in ratings against the the most watched debate in United States history.
There is also no word on what match will now be featured in the main event.
A full list of matches for Sunday’s PPV card can be found below (Clearly, the order is subject to change):
- WWE World Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena
- Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
- Tag Team Championship: Heath Slate and Rhyno (c) vs. The Usos
- Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
- Nikki Bella vs. Carmella
- Curt Hawkins vs. TBD